As Patrick Walters says, "Who doesn't love a good topwater strike?" And buzz baits are a great way to get that blowup! Patrick has everything you should consider when picking one out, he even made up a new phrase for why a certain trailer might work better than others.
What to Consider When Choosing a Buzzbait
Ultimately, your choice of buzzbait boils down to two things: size and skirt. Normally, Patrick likes to go with a 1/2 ounce buzzbait with a larger blade size and a trailer without a skirt. Why is this Patrick's first choice and recommendation? It's due to something he calls "suction surface". Bass usually suck prey into their mouth, so something with some mass like a plastic trailer is easier for them to get suction on than something skirted without a trailer. He only chooses something smaller with a trimmed skirt if he's going for a smaller profile.
How to Choose the Right Color
Patrick prefers two colors for the main body of the buzzbait, he will either go with white or black. For the blade, he prefers to go with a gold spinner in dirtier water or chrome in clearer water conditions. Sometimes he'll experiment with a black painted blade in overcast conditions, but very rarely does so.